Work 2(V-2)

SAITO Yoshishige (Tokyo/1904-)
oil on plywood relief 182.0x121.4cm

Saito Yoshishige entered relief-like works in a pre-war Nikaten exhibition, but since it was neither sculpture nor painting, the work was rejected. This "Work 2" is a flat work in which two layers, a lower layer of white painted board and an upper layer of red painted board, are combined in a bonded board relief work. Saito's work is frequently called "anti-art." And yet the term "anti" does not simply mean rejection. His paintings are constructed from the fundamental elements, the root qualities, that make up what we call paintings.

Aoki, Shigeru
Brancusi, Constantin
Chagall, Marc
Collin, Louis-Joseph-Raphaël
Delvaux, Paul
Dubuffet, Jean
Flanagan, Barry
Fujino, Kazutomo
Kapoor, Anish
Matsumoto, Shunsuke
Migishi, Kotaro
Miro, Joan
Rothko, Mark
Saito, Yoshishige
Stella, Frank
Tomita, Keisen
Warhol, Andy
Yoshida, Hiroshi